Personal Worship

    04.23.20 | Devotional by Ryan Welch

    Psalm 98

    Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King. Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.

    I recently read a book of A.W. Tozer’s compiled thoughts on worship. In the book he argues that we are designed for one purpose: worship. If someone were to ask you “what is worship?”, how would you respond? You would probably think of things like singing at church, or maybe a Wednesday night service. Our minds always seem to go to corporate worship; however, under these strange circumstances we are not able to worship corporately.

    So maybe a better question is “how can we worship privately and personally”? Or “what does worship look like during these strange days”? We are all designed to worship. Yes corporate worship is incredibly important; but what about personal worship? See I believe God has given us this time at home to figure out what it looks like to personally worship him.

    In Tozer’s book he states that “we are not worshiping right in any place until we are worshiping God right in every place. If we cannot worship Him in the kitchen, then we cannot worship Him audibly in the church”. God wants our praise in worship in everything we do.

    If you have not already done so read Psalm 98. What does it mean for you to sing a new song to the Lord? Do you worship God in all that you do? Spend some time right now listing out ways you can worship God at home. A few ways could be actually singing before the King, maybe you are creative- draw or paint for God or write him a poem.

    For me I have started each day by reading aloud a Psalm. This is a great way to spend worshiping the Lord; especially when you do not know how to start. Simply open up the book of Psalms and use scripture as your words of praise. Worship will be different for every person, but how can you continue to worship God at home?

    Close by spending time with God in worship. 

    Pray Today

    Dear Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves before you. We worship you not according to our understanding, but help us to worship you in Spirit and truth. In Jesus’ name, amen.